Carrie Lam waits for 'conducive' time for national security laws

Local | 17 Apr 2018 12:41 pm

Chief Executive Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor said today that even though society has become more harmonious over the past months, it is still not the right time for Article 23 national security laws to be put in place.

She, again, reiterated that she does not have a timetable on when to enact Article 23 legislation, amid reports that the government will begin the process as early as next year. 

Speculation is rife that authorities are under growing pressure to introduce national security laws after Liaison Office director Wang Zhimin said over the weekend that Hong Kong is a weak spot when it comes to the country's security. 

But speaking to the media before attending the Executive Council meeting, Lam said the time was not yet ripe.

"We need to create a condition which is conducive to enacting Basic Law Article 23 because of the previous experience we had and the controversies that we had encountered. So it is my duty to try to create that in a very thoughtful and vigilant way, but unfortunately the time has not come yet. And I do not yet have a timetable so the reference to next year is totally speculation,'' she said. 

She added that the upcoming visit of Qiao Xiaoyang, who recently retired as chairman of the Law Committee in the national legislature, is unrelated to Article 23 legislation or any pro-independence sentiments in Hong Kong.-RTHK

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